‘Seinfeld’ fans are upset that Netflix’s aspect ratio cuts out jokes

Fans have said the aspect ratio makes it "unwatchable"

Seinfeld fans in the US are upset that Netflix’s aspect ratio is cutting out some crucial jokes from the show.

All 180 episodes of the show arrived on Netflix for US viewers recently and fans have taken to Twitter to point out a number of key gags have now been ruined thanks to the 16:9 remastering of the originals.

One example was the season eight episode “The Pothole” when the actual pothole which forms a key joke with character George Costanza, is cut out entirely.


One fan called the crop “unwatchable” while another said it had “ruined” the viewing experience. Many also compared it to what Disney+ did to episodes of The Simpsons when they too altered the aspect ratio, cutting out key jokes.

You can see some of the reaction on social media to the re-mastering here:


The show, which starred Seinfeld as a fictionalised version of himself, ran for nine seasons in the 1990s.

In 2020, co-creator Larry David revealed his all-time favourite episode of the hit sitcom. Speaking during a virtual fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Texas, David opened-up about making season four episode The Contest.

“This one, I didn’t even put on the board because I didn’t want them asking,” David said. “I just wanted them to come and see the read-through. [When they did] I had worked myself up into a lather because the read-through really went great,” he said.

Meanwhile, David’s follow-up show Curb Your Enthusiasm is set to return to HBO this October, it has been confirmed.

HBO confirmed the return with a picture of a delighted David, writing: “You’re allowed to be happy, but not in front of me. #CurbYourEnthusiasm is back this October.”